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Gearbox's Randy Pitchford: id and Crytek Will Fail

Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford seems to be in the mood to bash a few of his peers. Recently he lashed out at Valve Software, making wishy-washy comments that on a personal level, he trusts the company, but as a competitor, he doesn't see any trust whatsoever. Now Pitchford is attacking id Software and Crytek, emphasizing that eventually they may utterly fail.

The comment stems around id and Crytek's current approach to consoles, and how they really haven't prepared for this generation. To give an example, he offers up Crysis, a game he claims that many people couldn't play on the PC due to hardware requirements, thus it was difficult to market. He also said that Crytek couldn't bring it to the consoles because of hardware restrictions.

According to OXM, he moves on to id's shortcomings. "We see the id guys talking continuously about this, [with Rage] - 'well, Sony will have a Blu-Ray and I don't know what we'll do on the 360, maybe we'll have three DVD's... if the publisher will let us do that, maybe we'll errrrahh I dunno.' Because they're in this kind of "generation plus" mode, and like nobody knows what the generation beyond this one is going to look like," he told the magazine.

With all that said, it's expected that gamers will have to endure the longest console generation thus far. In addition to id and Crytek, he said that developers who built their strategies around the last generation timing--and are using those methods today--will need to adapt quickly or suffer failure.

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  • Remind me of the last Gearbox game that was on par with anything Valve, id, or Crytek has ever made?
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  • the_one111
    thecoolonionRemind me of the last Gearbox game that was on par with anything Valve, id, or Crytek has ever made?This is what happens to all those 13 year old modders who think they are hot stuff, but in reality suck.

    Nothing to see here, move along all.
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  • doc70
    A lot of people played Crysis and enjoyed it, myself included. If inability to port to consoles is a problem, is definitely not my problem and I couldn't care less. There are already too many crappy console games out there that are PC-ports wannabees and I enjoy a pure PC based gaming company that still caters to it's fan base.
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  • leafblower29
    Never even heard of these guys.
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  • Shadow703793
    The comment stems around id and Crytek's current approach to consoles, and how they really haven't prepared for this generation. To give an example, he offers up Crysis, a game he claims that many people couldn't play on the PC due to hardware requirements, thus it was difficult to market. He also said that Crytek couldn't bring it to the consoles because of hardware restrictions.
    lol. Y can run Crysis fine with a $120 4850.

    As for not Crytek, isn't Crysis 2 going to be multi platform (and esp. aimed at PC and PS3)?

    EPIC FAIL on Pitchford's part.
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  • JasonAkkerman
    thecoolonionRemind me of the last Gearbox game that was on par with anything Valve, id, or Crytek has ever made?
    Boarderlands
    It's lots of fun to play, a little buggy on the PC though.
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  • goodguy713
    grear box makes ok games for some of the titles .. but to be honest there nothing worth mentioning .. as far as im concerned microsoft and sony should take a more proactive approach tell why it wouldnt make sense to do so .. modular system upgrades .. and just update the firm ware and drivers for the various modules. i know the games are designed for a specific hard ware set up .. but quite frankly using antiquated hardware to play next gen games on seems kinda crazy .. and not every one likes the wii lol
    dam visual gaming sounds like a lot of exercise.. and trust me after work i dont feel like doing much... and another thing why the heck would you wanna rent online when netflix is cheap and you get a better service
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  • Darkness Flame
    Excuse me, but Crysis was a pretty revolutionary game. On very high settings, it's still rather beautiful to look at. On top of that, I have yet to see any game with a more interactive and realistic environment. I actually wonder if the trees were made of Voxels (discussed in another article on here). It would explain why it taxes the hardware so much.

    id Software made the Doom series and Quake series, names that every gamer knows. On top of that, I'm sorry, but Rage looks better than anything Gearbox has worked on, with the possible exception of Borderlands (which was primarily 2k anyway.)

    Btw, Gearbox assisted in Half-Life ports and expansions, Halo on the PC, Brothers in Arms series, and Borderlands.
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  • fudgedelic
    No one gives Crysis credit for how scaleable it actually was. Sure if you crank it to 2560 and max settings it brought systems to their knees. But when the game came out in 07 I played it on my crappy little Athlon X2 5000+ and x1950 Pro. Sure I had to play on low to medium settings and 1680x1050 res but even at those settings the game still looked gorgeous. Now when i return to the game and have the ability to crank the settings it just looks that much better. If game developers followed this guy's suggestions we wouldn't make any graphical advancements until the next gen of consoles come out. Sorry but PC technology is moving too fast for games to look the same for 6-7 years.
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  • matt87_50
    FU! they did just fine without the consoles, and I'm glad they aren't stooping to your level.

    didn't you make borderlands? that sucks on the pc due to the borked interfaces coming from the consoles, so just stfu!

    crysis can't run on the current consoles? well thats their fault! not crytek's! these consoles were meant to be next gen!! get back to your bandwagon n00b, wouldn't want them to leave you behind. you'll have us all playing fps's with a controller on PC if you could!
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